There is nothing worse than being in pain. Some people have a high tolerance for it, and some people don’t, but one thing is for sure, if you have it, you are suffering. I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like reaching for the bottle of aspirin or ibuprofen or paracetamol all the time. I would prefer to treat as much pain as possible as naturally as I can. So… I started digging around on the internet and found a wealth of natural pain remedies we can use to make ourselves feel better.
Remember our blog on Monday? All about Ginger and it is one of remedies for muscle pain. Ginger contains potent compounds called gingerols which prevent the production of pain triggering hormones. I think, after a couple of days of painting walls and going to the gym for the first time in a couple of months, I am going to need some!
There is very little worse for the temper than having a toothache. How about chewing on some cloves? They can ease tooth pain and gum inflammation for up to 2 hours if you chew one slowly. Cloves have a natural compound in them called eugenol which is a powerful and natural anaesthetic so that accounts for it.
If you don’t think Heartburn is painful, then you are either very brave, or you have never had it. But if you take 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, before every meal, it will reduce the risk of you getting it in the first place. Apple Cider Vinegar is rich in malic and tartaric acids which speeds the breakdown of fats and proteins in order for your stomach to empty quickly and hopefully stop the reflux which causes the heartburn.
Do you suffer with earaches? Using 2 drops of warmed garlic oil twice daily for 5 days will definitely help. Garlic has germanium, selenium and sulphur compounds which are naturally toxic to bacteria. 5 days, bye bye infection. And Vampires. And possibly friends, because lets face it, garlic can really whiff sometimes. But, anything is better than the throbbing of earaches, so I would risk it.
Apparently cherries are amazing for their painkilling properties! A daily bowl of 20 cherries, be they fresh, dried or frozen can help with arthritis, gout or chronic headaches. Anthocyanins, which give the cherries their red colour, are 10 times stronger anti-inflammatories than ibuprofen or aspirin. They work by shutting down the enzymes which kick start tissue inflammation. This means they can prevent as well as treat pain. Amazing. And they taste fabulous too!
Suffering with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Indigestion or Inflammatory Bowel Diseases? Eat 18 ounces of oily fish a week. Again, it is those amazing fish oils which are doing their stuff again. And if you are a lady who suffers with Pre Menstrual problems (or someone who lives with one who does! It is not much fun on either side of that equation!) try snacking on 2 cups of yogurt a day. The Calcium in it helps the body deal with the ups and downs of estrogen and progesterone which cause the issues.
Cases of chronic pain can be tamed with Turmeric. The active ingredient within it is called Curcumin and it naturally shuts down cyclo-oxygenase2, and enzyme which churns out pain producing hormones. If you sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon on any rice, poultry, meat or veg dish daily, it should have the required effect.
Do you have foot pain from ingrown toenails? I do, and it is miserable. So, I am going to use this tip, and take 1 teaspoon of salt into a cup of water heated as hot as I can bear it and then soak the affected area for 20 minutes, twice daily. The salt kills the bacteria causing the infection and therefore the pain, stone dead.
Pineapple is great for solving the pain from digestive upsets. 1 cup of fresh pineapple is packed with proteolytic enzymes which speed the breakdown of pain causing proteins in the stomach and small intestine. I know it used to work for my Father, who had myriad problems with food intolerances and before he died he had several intestinal issues. He used to have pineapple for breakfast and it did seem to help.
And finally, for our foray into natural pain relieving ingredients, how about soothing aching muscles using 10 drops of peppermint oil in a warm bath. If you do this 3 times a week it can ease cramping up to 25% more effectively than using over the counter relaxants. Also, peppermint oil can help headaches as well.
I hope this was an enjoyable post to read, and I hope it will help you find natural alternatives to processed chemical pain relievers.